Fung stays the course as Boulet survives

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 November, 1998, 12:00am

It was a case of a reversal of fortune for Derek Fung and Dominique Boulet yesterday.

The two Hong Kong golfers have had vastly contrasting fortunes at the Hong Kong Open in recent years, with Boulet traditionally doing well in the event and Fung never making it past the cut.

Yesterday, however, Fung and Boulet switched roles. Fung's dream start to the tournament continued with the 29-year-old following on from Thursday's three-under-par 68 with a confident two-under-par 69.

That left Fung with a five-under-par 36-hole aggregate 137, four strokes off the lead and having secured his first Hong Kong Open cut. Only a bogey five on the par-four 10th prevented Fung from grabbing a share of third.

Although Boulet will join Fung in today's third round, he had to wait until last night's cut was finalised before being able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Boulet was left desperately disappointed after a nightmare finish on the picturesque 18th, where he saw his overall score go from a respectable one under par to two over.

'I didn't listen to my caddy. That was the problem,' said a frustrated Boulet.

His problems began when his tee shot settled on a leaf to the right-hand side of the 18th fairway. He scuffed his second shot and watched in horror as the ball plummeted into the water in front of the green.

That was not the end of his problems, however. He dropped and chipped on, but three-putted for a triple bogey.

'It's a disappointing way to end the round. I didn't know what to do when the ball landed on the leaf. I had no idea what the lie was like and how it would come out,' he said.

'I should have just punched it out and laid up, but I took it on. It was always struggling to get up over the water,' Boulet added.

Hong Kong-based American professional Brad Schadewitz joined Fung on five under after 36 holes when he recorded a level-par 71 yesterday. Scott Rowe is also in the hunt after a four-under-par 67 put him level with Schadewitz and Fung.